January 23, 2021

Condo Smarts: Strata Must Accommodate Owner With Accessibility Issues

Written By: Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA ‘We have an owner who moved into our building five years ago, knowing there are five stairs at our […]
December 19, 2020

Condo Smarts: Calculating Votes At General Meetings

Written by: Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA It’s not possible to determine outcome of vote by counting only those opposed Dear Tony: Our strata corporation held […]
December 12, 2020

Condo Smarts: Proposed Budget Can Be Amended By Simple Majority Vote

Written By: Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA The additional cost of the insurance can be allocated, and this will result in increased fees. Dear Tony: Our […]
December 5, 2020

Condo Smarts: Any Relief In Sight For Insurance Renewals?

‘Our strata corporation is being faced with a re-piping issue and wonder to what extent we should leave the replacement of the individual unit piping up […]
November 28, 2020

Condo Smarts: Outline Risks, Protocols Before Reopening Strata Facilities

Safely managing the use of common facilities and areas requires a collective investment by the community, close monitoring to ensure the protocols are observed and a […]
October 10, 2020

Condo Smarts: How Much Is Enough For Strata’s Contingency Fund?

The key to planning is to ensure the years ahead will be appropriately funded to reflect the projected renewals in your depreciation report, and you approve […]
October 3, 2020

Condo Smarts: Strata Management Oversight Involves Standard Safeguards

Dear Tony: An issue has come up at our council meeting with our manager dealing with the signing authority on cheques and our accounts. We have […]
September 26, 2020

Condo Smarts: Maintenance Issues — Pay Now Or Pay More Later

‘Our strata council is trying to cut corners on costs this year as we have experienced dramatic increases in our insurance costs.’ Dear Tony: Our strata […]
September 25, 2020

Closing Up Cottage or RV For Winter

Closing Up Cottage or RV For Winter   Q: Every fall we debate back and forth as to the best method of closing up our cottage for […]
September 20, 2020

Condo Smarts: Strata Puts Up Roadblocks On Alterations

Couple purchased two units next to each other with the intention of combining them into one larger unit for their family.   Dear Tony: We purchased […]
September 15, 2020

Condo Smarts: Top Court OKs Retroactive Strata Fees

There have been several Civil Resolution Tribunal Decisions on this issue that originally deemed the status of retroactive fees was unenforceable. Dear Tony: We purchased a […]
August 7, 2020

Condo Smarts: Will the new legislation make a change?

The legislation tabled this week enables the government to address several factors that are contributing to the issues around insurance renewals, increased risks and costs in […]

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